Marine Corps' Black Sea Rotational Force
left its base in Romania for training in Bulgaria this month, carrying out exercises that are another sign the U.S.
The three type/model/series that VMR-1 flew during FY15 included: the C-9B Skytrain, which was used to transport aircrew and support numerous missions within and outside the continental United States, including support to the Black Sea Rotational Force
and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force--Crisis Response; the UC-35D Citation, which executed mission essential operations overseas and with Marine Forces abroad while ensuring the safe and timely transport of high-priority passengers; and the HH-46E Sea Knight search and rescue helicopter, which conducted range sweeps, lifesaving operations, patient transfers, firefighting missions and static demonstrations.
(55) Last spring, 175 of the Marines from the crisis response force deployed to Romania's Mihail Kogalniceanu base, where they joined the roughly 300 US-based Marines who were already there as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force
. (56) In July, 80 Marines from the unit helped evacuate 150 US Embassy personnel from Libya.
The exercise simulated a wide range of real-world scenarios the service members will encounter while forward deployed with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa and Black Sea Rotational Force
Marine Corps personnel executing Black Sea Rotational Force
On this day I had the pleasant duty to attend the final exercise of the multinational joint preparation "Black Sea Rotational Force
12" (BSRF-12), which brought together, for the first time, military units from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Ukraine and the USA.
Marine Corps Black Sea Rotational Force
, a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force based in Constanta, Romania, was assigned the key task for the sea landing maneuvers, conducted collectively with the units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The one-week military drill, part of Black Sea Rotational Force
16.1 training exercise, involves about 315 troops, including 90 from Bulgarian ground forces, 150 from the U.S.
The unit <a href="http://www.novinite.com/articles/169469/Bulgaria+to+Host+155-Strong+US+Marine+Corps">that is due to be deployed and based at the Novo Selo training area (near Sliven, Southeastern Bulgaria) will be part of the Black Sea Rotational Force
, a semi-annual rotation of Marines and sailors.Lt Col John Sattely, director of logistics for US Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, is quoted by Military.com as saying that the transportation of a Marine Corps combined arms capability in the Black Sea region "has fostered improved communication and coordination with the allied force and its partners"."From the Bulgarians point of view, having the American flag flying there is proof to anyone that the U.S.
In addition, elements of the US Marine Corps Black Sea Rotational Force
and US National Guard and reserve units visit Georgia for joint training missions.
The US marines will be part of the Black Sea Rotational Force
, which will conduct six-month rotational deployments to the Novo Selo military ground in Southeastern Bulgaria.
The Black Sea Rotational Force
is a contingent of US Marines and sailors in the Black Sea, Balkans and Caucasus regions that maintain proven partnerships, build military capacity, promote regional security and provide the capability for rapid crisis response as directed by US European Command and US Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, officials said.